Hello again, Magooshers. Today I come to you with some important information about the new SAT Writing Test scoring system. Let’s say, for example, you took the old SAT and the new SAT. Even if your two scores are identical, there has still been a change in your performance. It can be confusing to figure out if your score has actually gone up or down.
Use the handy-dandy chart below to see how your scores match up. Don’t forget that when you’re comparing scores between different standardized tests, be sure to check out our ACT to New SAT to Old SAT Score Conversion Chart.
|Old SAT Writing Section (200-800)||New SAT Writing and Language Test (10-40)|
Why the Change?
As with the rest of the redesigned SAT, the Writing and Language Test better reflects real life situations. The goal of this test is to measure students’ ability to demonstrate their knowledge of the English language through editing different texts. The score students receive is used as a predictor for college success.
To be successful on the Writing Test, you need to understand what the test measures:
- “Command of Evidence”
- Questions will ask you to make changes to a passage, the goal being to make the passage’s argument stronger.
- “Words in Context”
- Questions will ask you to choose a better word to improve the passage’s style or tone.
- “Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science”
- Questions will ask you to act like an editor, and make changes to improve the passage.
- “Expression of Ideas”
- Questions will ask you to improve a passage’s organization of ideas and improve how paragraphs connect to one another.
- “Standard English Conventions”
- Questions will ask you improve sentence structure, punctuation, and usage.
Now that you know what’s changed on the Writing Test, it’s time to tackle a few practice problems to hone your skills and improve your score.
Till next time, Magooshers.
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About Thomas Broderick
Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.
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